There is an ancient proverb that says the gods tie an invisible red cord around the ankles of those that are destined to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of place, time, or circumstances.
I have met a lot of couples but none more clearly that represents this Chinese proverb then Alex and Kelly. Alex and Kelly met as children and became friends in middle school. Through the years, they ebbed and flowed but were able to maintain their friendship into college. They felt the stars were aligned and found the one whom their soul loved. Friendship turned into dating and on a flight to Walt Disney World, in February 2015, Alex tightened the bonds of the red string by proposing to his long time girlfriend.
Disney World holds a special place in their hearts, after all, they did get engaged on a trip to the happiest place on earth! Disney themes were woven into their Chicago wedding by incorporating Mickey and Minnie trinkets around the venue and a Disney sing along during the toasts. Alex and Kelly love Disney World so much, they visit at LEAST once per year! Since they have been married, they adopted their very own Pluto, a fluffy golden retriever fur baby.
Alex and Kelly professed their vows in their childhood church, St. Patricks in McHenry, Illinois on June 18, 2016. It was very important to them as a couple to get married in the same church that they received their First Communion and other sacraments throughout their lives. They never lost sight of their beliefs, their family culture and their values as a couple. Alex got to bring a little of his fun-loving and goofy personality to the wedding when his colorful socks poked out from under his pant leg during the ceremony.
As a nod to Alex’s career, pilot at American Airlines, Alex and Kelly wanted to take their bridal party photos at a local regional airport in the suburbs of Chicago. Standing on an active runway (no planes were actually landing) is such an exhilarating feeling. I have had this experience once or twice! It is a place where not many people think to have their photos taken! With modern day security issues, actually, not many people are allowed to go. As a note to other couples, think outside of the box when it comes to finding locations to take your photos. If you are a fireman, think of taking photos with a fire truck. If you are a musician, perhaps taking photos (or having your ceremony) on a stage or in a theatre. Be creative!
Alex and Kelly had a beautiful wedding and since their Chicago suburb wedding, we have become great friends. Alex works with my husband at the airlines, (which is how he discovered Ashley Nicole Events) and we enjoy getting together when their crazy work schedules allow. Alex and Kelly, your red string of fate might have stretched and tangled, but never broke. Congratulations on your big day! It was such a pleasure working with you both. Much love!
Planner: Ashley Nicole Events Inc.
Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Concorde Banquets
Photographer: Lex Alexander
Videographer: With Love Productions
Florist: Trellis Weddings
DJ: Fantastic DJ
Hair: Hair Philosophy
Makeup: Nina Trader Makeup
Transportation: Exquisite Limousine Chicago
Lodging: Courtyard North Arlington Heights